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Senate Adopts Spilka's 'Gift of Life' Tax Deduction for Living Organ Donation

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 11:02 am on May 27, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - (PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Senate adopted Senator Karen Spilka's (D-Ashland) amendment 'Gift of Life' to the Senate budget, which creates an income tax deduction for citizens of Massachusetts who donate an organ, while living, to another human being.

'Gift of Life' will allow living organ donors a state income tax deduction of up to $10,000 in related expenses that include travel expenses, lodging expenses, and lost wages that are incurred by the donor and related to his or her organ donation that are not reimbursed in any way.

"It is vital to ensure that living donors do not incur financial loss for their altruistic organ donation" Stated Senator Spilka. "This legislation will ...[read more]

Super Seniors Expo at Office Depot May 5th

Filed under: Seniors by Deb Cleveland at 1:35 pm on May 1, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Office Depot is hosting a special Super Seniors Expo this Wednesday, May 5th, from 10 to 3 at its location in Shoppers World, Rt. 9W, Framingham.

State Senator Karen Spilka and State Rep. Pam Richardson, the Callahan Senior Center, Soar 55 and other area organizations will be on hand.

This will also be a great chance to learn about area businesses that offer products and services that 50+ seniors may find useful at home, work, or business. About 25 businesses will offer information about organizing, downsizing, assisted living options, errands, homecare services, mortgages, longterm care insurance, volunteering, and more.

Free coffee and refreshments will be available, including a complimentary brunch by John Harvard’s Brew House.

Free PC Checkups and certificates for $5 worth of free shredding services will be offered, as well as raffles, giveaways, and coupons.

There will be vendors and store staff there to answer questions, and make recommendations on products and services to help you use your computers, printers, cameras, phones, and other items to get the most out of them.

This event is free. Come and bring a friend. All welcome.

For further information, call the Framingham Office Depot store at 508-620-5570.


French Biotech Company CYTOO Opens U.S. Subsidiary in Framingham, Massachusetts

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 12:02 pm on December 21, 2009

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and other state officials participated in ribbon-cutting ceremony

FRAMINGHAM, MA (Dec. 11) - CYTOO Cell Architects, a French biotechnology company focused on applications in cell based assays, high content analysis and cell screening for life sciences research, announced today that it is expanding its operations to serve researchers in the United States by opening a U.S. subsidiary headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The company officially opened its United States headquarters in Framingham today. The company's main offices are in Grenoble, France. Company officials were joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, Massachusetts Department of Business and Technology Director George Ramirez representing the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, MassBio Economic Development Director Peter Abair, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Pam Richardson and Selectmen Ginger Esty, Laurie Lee and Dennis Giombetti.

"It is outstanding that CYTOO, an international company on the cutting edge of Life Sciences research, has sought out Framingham for its US headquarters," Representative Pam Richardson said. "Framingham is already home to a host of Life Sciences companies and I am pleased to welcome yet another."

CYTOO provides innovative enabling technologies and products for high content cell analysis. CYTOO chips streamline cellular analysis by decreasing cell variability. The chips are composed of four square inches of 20,000 concave geometric micropatterns, which standardize cell position, shape, and organization when the cytoskeleton architecture and organelle morphology adapt to the shape of the micropattern. By April 2010 the company hopes to release a new technology, CYTOO plates, which hold up to 384 wells of 1,000 micropatterns. The company is the first to offer a technology that standardizes cells, streamlining analysis and speeding up discoveries. By opening a US subsidiary in Massachusetts, the company hopes to better address the worldwide market for cell-based assays in life sciences research.

In June of 2008, Governor Patrick signed into law the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, a ten-year, $1 billion commitment to maintaining and strengthening the life sciences as a major economic engine for the Commonwealth. Conversations with CYTOO began at the BIO International Convention, held in Atlanta in May, 2009. Company officials cite their meetings with MOITI and the Life Sciences Center, and subsequently with Governor Deval Patrick directly, as having been key to their decision to locate in Massachusetts.

"It is terrific to see our state's Life Sciences initiative, and our presence at BIO International, bringing new companies to Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We warmly welcome CYTOO to the Commonwealth, to Framingham and to the diverse group of pioneering companies that make Massachusetts a global leader in the life sciences industry."

CYTOO's decision to locate in Framingham is part of a growing trend of foreign life sciences companies locating their regional headquarters in Massachusetts. Last week Systagenix Wound Management, a British company, opened its headquarters for the Americas in Quincy, Massachusetts. Biocell Center, an Italian company, recently opened their US headquarters in Medford, Massachusetts. The companies have cited the state's Life Sciences Initiative as a key factor in their decision to locate here.

"CYTOO's decision to locate in Framingham is a direct return on investment for our state's presence at the BIO International Convention in Atlanta this past May," said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the quasi-public agency charged with implementing the state's Life Sciences Initiative. "Massachusetts is a great place to do business for life sciences companies, both international and domestic, and we welcome CYTOO to the world's leading life sciences Supercluster."

Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study Approved

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 10:07 am on May 27, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On May 20, 2009 the Metrowest Legislators announced that the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has approved a Route 126 Corridor Transportation Improvement Study that will encompass the towns of Bellingham, Medway, Holliston, Ashland and Framingham. Work is set to begin immediately.

The objectives of the study are to identify mobility, access, safety, and other transportation-related problems at selected locations along Route 126 and to identify and evaluate multimodal transportation solutions to the problems, with the goal of improving accessibility to the towns' shopping, commercial, educational, and service centers.

"Route 126 is extremely important to the towns included in this study, as well as the greater MetroWest region, connecting as it does to 1-495, Route 16, Route 109, Route 135, and Route 140," stated Senator Karen Spilka. "This study is great news for these towns and the region as a whole, as we continue our efforts to grow smart and grow strong."

The first step in the project will be the formation of an advisory task force that includes town officials, affected residents, members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Massachusetts Highway Department, and the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works, as well as local Senators and Representatives. This task force, which is scheduled to meet once in mid-June and once again within twelve months, will participate in the study by offering advice and input on data, study location selections, and recommendations.

"The Route 126 corridor is a main thoroughfare in the Town of Framingham," stated Representative Pam Richardson. "It is a crucial component in the economic development and revitalization of our downtown. I am looking forward to working on the task force, the outcome of the study and the subsequent improvements to this important corridor."

The end result of the study will be recommendations for geometric, traffic control, and other changes for improved traffic operations, with special emphasis on the effective and safe accomodation of pedestrians and bicyclists. Bus service improvement recommendations may also be developed. A long-term vision for the Route 126 corridor compatible with the land use and economic development in the area is also expected.

"The development of Route 126 is a quality of life issue for the people of my district" stated Representative Tom Sannicandro. "The jobs and economic development that will come from these proposed transportation improvements will not only transform much of Ashland and Framingham, but all of Metro West."

All results will be presented for discussion and input at the second meeting of the advisory task force. A final report documenting all of the project's tasks and products, including its recommendations, will be submitted to the Transportation Planning and Programming Committee of the MPO for final approval.


September Happenings at Callahan Senior Center

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 9:22 pm on August 21, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Here's what's happening at the Callahan in September:

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, September 11, 18 and 25 at 10:00 am.
  • Diabetic Support Group: Please call Center for date and time.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Please call Center for date and time.
  • Low Vision Group: Friday, September 15th at 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
  • Massage Therapy: Thursday, September 7th by appt. only.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, September 19th at 1:30 pm.
  • Podiatry: Thursday, September 14th from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm, by appt. only.
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Tuesday, September 5th at 1:00 pm.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR SEPTEMBER - Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9:30—11am & 12—1 pm

ATTENTION!!!! Due to the overwhelming response to the TAI CHI Demo, the instructor will be here for classes on both Mondays from 1:00-2:00 pm and Thursdays from 2:00-300 pm.

CARDIOVASCULAR CLINIC IN SEPTEMBER: The Cardiovascular Clinic will be on Tuesday, September 5th at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. A doctor from the MetroWest Medical Center and nurse Kitty Mahoney from the Framingham Board of Health will be at the Senior Center to check your blood pressure, answer any questions and address individual concerns. For further information, please contact Kitty Mahoney at 508-532-5472.

“Coffee & Conversation with State Rep. Tom Sannicandro” - Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am at Callahan Center - State Representative Tom Sannicandro will be here on Wednesday, September 6th and every 1st Wednesday of the month for informal discussions with seniors who would like to discuss any issues they may have. Please come meet with Rep. Sannicandro and have a cup of coffee!

“Office Hour with Pat Vinter of State Representative Karen Spilka’s office” - Wednesday, September 20th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Pat will be here to hear your issues every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Rep. Spilka will be here every 3rd or 4th month for an office hour.

PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE Presentation - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 10:00 am at Callahan Center - If you plan to come to the presentation, please call 508-532-5980 or stop by the Center and register with the front desk.

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning, and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Come and listen to a presentation by the American Red Cross on Thursday, September 14th at 10:00 am at the Callahan Center. Bring a friend or a neighbor and learn what you need to know to be prepared and safe.

“Understanding Autism” with Nannette Ohman, Executive Director, Autism Alliance of Metrowest, Inc. - Monday, September 25th at 10:00 AM at the Callahan Center - Nannette will address the ‘Why’s’ and ‘How’s’ of Autism. She will help us recognize and understand these children. This information will be helpful for all parents, friends and grandparents of children with autism. If you would like to join us for this valuable presentation and refreshments, please call the Callahan Center to register at 508-532-5980.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 at 10:00 AM at Callahan Center - BankNorth Presents
“Senior Citizens Banking and Concerns” with Judy Spiewock - Judy will talk about banking concerns such as fraud, how to handle money, etc. Please join us for this informative presentation. Call the Center to reserve a seat at 508-532-5980. Refreshments will be served.

The Friends of Callahan Monthly Update - The next Friends’ General Meeting will be on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 1:30 pm. The Friends of Callahan would like to celebrate our first year in the new Center by having a flag-raising and dedication ceremony at this meeting. The American flag and pole were donated by Betty Matterazzo, Framingham Council on Aging Chair and her husband, Gene. A bronze plaque will be placed at the base of the pole to show it is dedicated to and in honor of our Service Men & Women. Entertainment by Gary Landgren. Refreshments will be served. Come and bring a friend!

Fall Program offered by Framingham State College,
Center for Lifelong Learners in Partnership with the Callahan Center

Course: World Religions Part II - “Islam”
Instructor: Professor Jason Giannetti, J.D.
Dates: Tuesday, September 26th and Tuesdays, October 3rd & 10th
Fee: $18.00 per person Time: 6:30 pm

This course will focus on the principles underlying the Muslim faith. We will examine the historical and cultural precursors of Islam, the vision of its prophet Muhammad, the rise of Islam to its Golden Age, and its place in the world today. We will also discuss comparative philosophical and theological approaches between Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the social and political interactions these three great world religions have had in the past and the way history has shaped the current geopolitical situation.

Jason Giannetti received his B.A. degree Binghamton University, a Master’s of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master’s of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School.


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